Latest Summer 2008 California wildfires Stories
It's shaping up to be a fiery summer across the United States.
A fire charring forest land west of Yosemite National Forest and threatening communities in Mariposa County, Calif., continues to spread fast. The Telegraph fire has scorched 29,600 acres and remains 10 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
By Peter Hecht, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 18--President Bush took a helicopter tour of charred forests above Shasta Lake on Thursday and vowed to do the "best ... we possibly can" in directing federal assistance to help California respond to devastating wildfires.
By Daniel Lopez, The Monterey County Herald, Calif. Jul. 16--Firefighters on the Basin Complex and Indians fires in Los Padres National Forest are consolidating their camps today.
By Ventura County Star, Calif. Jul. 13--The Gap fire that once threatened Goleta was declared 85 percent contained Saturday evening, with full containment expected by Wednesday.
By John Scheibe, Ventura County Star, Calif. Jul. 12--Fighting and winning the battle against a wildfire is much like fighting a war: It takes lots of boots on the ground and tactical assaults from the air. Maj.
By Adam Foxman, Ventura County Star, Calif. Jul. 12--A potential storm moving up from the southeast could help or hurt firefighters' efforts to battle a 9,400-acre wildfire in the mountains above Santa Barbara and Goleta, authorities said.
Firefighters worked to set up fire breaks to prevent a wildfire moving through Los Padres National Forest in California from reaching Carmel Valley.
By Laura Bly Even as more than 300 uncontained wildfires burn across Northern and Central California and a storied stretch of the Big Sur coast probably will stay off-limits to visitors through early next week, the state's tourism industry is scrambling to reassure vacationers that most hotels, attractions and campgrounds are open and unaffected.
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